Pumpkin Cranberry Coffee Cake

pumpkin cranberry coffee cakeI'm such a sucker for really good coffee cake, particularly if it has a buttery crumb topping. Not every day, of course, but when I'm feeling like I need to treat myself at the beginning of a day. This recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Coffee Cake is one of my favorites because I love that it calls for seasonal ingredients -- pumpkin and cranberries -- in celebration of fall. A slice of it goes quite perfectly with my cup of pumpkin-flavored coffee if I do say so myself!


Pumpkin Cranberry Coffee Cake via Amanda's Cookin'


For the cake

  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 12 ounces (2 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries

For the crumb topping

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


1. Grease and flour two 9-inch layer cake pans.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy, about 2 minutes.

4. Add sugar and beat on medium speed until light a fluffy.

5. Add eggs, one at a time, waiting about 30-45 seconds in between each one.

6. Add pumpkin puree and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

7. Turn down to low speed and slowly add the dry ingredients, beating only until smooth.

8. Fold in walnuts, pecans, and cranberries.

9. Turn into pans.

10. Make crumb topping: Mix four ingredients together to make damp crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over top.

11. Bake for 60-70 minutes at 350 or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

12. Cool in pan(s) for 15 minutes, then turn out onto rack.


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